8.1/10
42,709
201 user 87 critic

A Silent Voice: The Movie (2016)

Koe no katachi (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Drama, Family | 17 September 2016 (Japan)
Trailer
2:35 | Trailer
A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.

Director:

Naoko Yamada

Writers:

Yoshitoki Oima (manga: "Koe no katachi"), Reiko Yoshida (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
2,043 ( 233)
Top Rated Movies #249 | 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miyu Irino ... Shôya Ishida (voice)
Saori Hayami ... Shoko Nishimiya (voice)
Aoi Yûki ... Yuzuru Nishimiya (voice)
Kenshô Ono Kenshô Ono ... Tomohiro Nagatsuka (voice)
Yûki Kaneko Yûki Kaneko ... Naoka Ueno (voice)
Yui Ishikawa ... Miyoko Sahara (voice)
Megumi Han Megumi Han ... Miki Kawai (voice)
Toshiyuki Toyonaga Toshiyuki Toyonaga ... Satoshi Mashiba (voice)
Mayu Matsuoka ... Young Shoya Ishida (voice)
Sachiko Kojima Sachiko Kojima ... Young Kazuki Shimada (voice)
Hana Takeda Hana Takeda ... Young Keisuke Hirose (voice)
Fuminori Komatsu Fuminori Komatsu ... Takeuchi-sensei (voice)
Ikuko Tani Ikuko Tani ... Ito Nishimiya (voice)
Erena Kamata Erena Kamata ... Maria Ishida (voice)
Ayano Hamaguchi Ayano Hamaguchi ... Shoya's sister (voice)
Edit

Storyline

The story revolves around Shôko Nishimiya, a grade school student who has impaired hearing. She transfers into a new school, where she is bullied by her classmates, especially Shôya Ishida. It gets to the point where she transfers to another school and as a result, Shôya is ostracized and bullied himself, with no friends to speak to and no plans for the future. Years later, he epicly sets himself on a path to redemption. Written by Ariodito Koestoer

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes the answer is as simple as learning to listen...


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

At the beginning, the song "My Generation" written by Pete Townshend by The Who is played. Mr. Townshend is tone deaf in his left ear. Similar to the character Shoko Nishimiya in the movie who is deaf in both of her ears and has hearing aids to help her understand. See more »

Goofs

During Ishida and Ueno's conversation at the crosswalk, Nishimiya is seen holding the pouch that Ishida had given to her as a gift. However, it disappears after Ueno sprints across the street and removes Nishimiya's earpiece; it is nowhere to be seen on her person or on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Miyoko Sahara: I couldn't change. I couldn't protect you again. I was the same coward.
Shoko Nishimiya: You can change from now on.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Though the official Roman-character title used on merchandise in Japan, and on the movie's posters, trailers, video boxes, video menus and so on in English-speaking countries is "A Silent Voice: The Movie" (often shortened to just "A Silent Voice"), the Roman-character title which appears on-screen in the full movie itself is instead "The Shape of Voice", which is an awkward mistranslation into English of "Koe no katachi". See more »


Soundtracks

A Silent Voice/Koe no Katachi
OST
Composed Kensuke Ushio
See more »

User Reviews

 
The silent beauty of a Silent Voice.
26 January 2018 | by lukesanerSee all my reviews

A Silent Voice is an emotional and beautiful movie that almost anyone can relate to in some shape or form.

The story is both heart wrenching and heartwarming, as it tackles many issues such as bullying, social anxiety, depression, and suicide. Many of the characters deal with some or all of these issues. The issues the characters deal with in the past ultimately lead them into becoming what they are in the present movie.

There are many characters in a Silent Voice with some shining more than others. Shoya is a great main protagonist who (unlike most movies) is battling something much bigger in his life, his past self. The other main character Shoko is outstanding. You can really genuinely feel all her emotions just through her facial animations alone. Other notable characters I enjoyed were Shoya's best friend Tomohiro (who brought a nice comedic presence to the film) and Shoko's little sister Yuzuru. My only problem with a Silent Voice is with a couple of side characters who show up once and a while, but don't really contribute as much to the film - this is only a small nitpick though.

The majority of the music in a Silent Voice is played only by piano making the film take a more somber tone. This makes a lot of scenes feel more peaceful and calm contradicting what many of the characters feel deep down inside. The song titled "Lit" is a beautiful piano piece that I believe would make anyone emotional, when listening to it. So I enjoyed a lot of music in a Silent Voice with a couple of songs that really stood out.

The animation in this movie is absolutely gorgeous. There's a firework scene that is beautiful, it definitely is the animation highlight in this film...it's breathtaking.

In conclusion, I absolutely love this film. Everything feels so genuine and the characters feel so real. It really feels like there was a lot of love and care put into this movie and it definitely shows. This movie made me cry and I can almost assure you that it will do the same to you. Final rating 9.510


69 of 70 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 201 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Release Date:

17 September 2016 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Silent Voice See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$121,732, 22 October 2017

Gross USA:

$644,391

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,490,447
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed